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This month the challenges in Writing Land include drizzle, dysentery and absqualated hornswogglers, discovered by Derek Hudson


When punctuation came to a full stop

‘Lots of 20th-century authors obviously just thought ‘To hell with punctuation,’ wrote Ana Sampson on the Interesting Literature website, reviewing The Accidental Apostrophe: … And Other Misadventures in Punctuation by Caroline Taggart.

‘Most notably James Joyce in Ulysses. Many people regard this as the greatest novel of the century, but it certainly isn’t the easiest to read. Joyce referred to inverted commas as “perverted commas” and didn’t use them – he introduced a piece of dialogue with an em dash, and did nothing to indicate where the dialogue ended and narrative resumed. He didn’t care for hyphens, either, writing wonderful words such as bullockbefriending and gigglegold, but also baffling ones such as hangerson and halffed. Oh, and he left out the apostrophe in I’ll, I’ve

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